Matt Niskanen Projected to Be a Fantasy Bench Player (#175 D)... Better Than John Moore But Not as Good as Niklas Hjalmarsson

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Draft Matt Niskanen as a fantasy bench player who could make an occasional spot start in next season. His 41 projected fantasy points puts him at #175 behind Niklas Hjalmarsson and ahead of John Moore. He has averaged 1.25 fantasy points in his past 80 games, which is more than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 0.51 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#187) is worse than his rank based on total fantasy points. He is overrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 50%, he is the #60 most highly owned defenseman. Matt Niskanen is expected to come up short of last season's #74 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (D) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2019
#173 Sean Walker41 FP, 0.52 per game31 FP, 39 gp, 0.79 per game (#169)
#174 Niklas Hjalmarsson (1% OWN)41 FP, 0.52 per game49 FP, 82 gp, 0.6 per game (#193)
#175 Matt Niskanen (50% OWN)41 FP, 0.51 per game100 FP, 80 gp, 1.25 per game (#97)
#176 John Moore (5% OWN)40 FP, 0.51 per game56 FP, 61 gp, 0.91 per game (#152)
#177 Jonas Brodin (6% OWN)40 FP, 0.5 per game58 FP, 82 gp, 0.7 per game (#177)

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WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Matt Niskanen is projected for 0.59 fantasy points in one game the rest of the week in week 1 which only ranks him as the #202 projected center and not a fantasy relevant player. His projected fantasy production is the same as his rest of season per game projection. He is ranked above Matt Roy but behind Sean Walker the rest of the week. Week 2 will be better based on projected rank (#178). He is projected for 1.37 fantasy points.

WEEK 1 RANK (D)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#200 Kevin Czuczman (0% OWN)0.62 FP, 1 GP0.42 FP
#201 Sean Walker (0% OWN)0.61 FP, 1 GP0.52 FP
#202 Matt Niskanen (50% OWN)0.59 FP, 1 GP0.51 FP
#203 Matt Roy (0% OWN)0.58 FP, 1 GP0.49 FP
#204 Christian Jaros (0% OWN)0.58 FP, 2 GP0.42 FP
WEEK 2 RANK (D)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#176 Brady Skjei (13% OWN)1.39 FP, 1 GP1.16 FP
#177 Zach Bogosian (1% OWN)1.37 FP, 1 GP0.84 FP
#178 Matt Niskanen (50% OWN)1.37 FP, 2 GP0.51 FP
#179 Korbinian Holzer (0% OWN)1.33 FP, 3 GP0.5 FP
#180 Nikita Zadorov (13% OWN)1.29 FP, 2 GP0.71 FP

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

MATT NISKANENFPPTSGASOGBLK
'19-20 Projection40.622.16.815.2141166
-- Per Game (79 Proj)0.520.280.090.191.792.11
10/2 to 10/6 (1 Game)0.590.280.090.191.742.02
10/7 to 10/13 (1.9 Games)1.370.560.170.393.473.88
'18-20 Season10025817143137
-- Per Game (80 GP)1.250.310.100.211.791.71